Network Operations and Internet Security @ UChicago

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Feamster Organizes WIRED Workshop

Nick Feamster organized the Workshop on Internet Routing Evolution and Design.

The Internet routing infrastructure has gained importance over the past few years as the Internet is increasingly becoming a component of our critical communications infrastructure. Despite the importance of Internet routing, we have not reached consensus on the design of an Internet routing system that is easy to manage, control, and secure, yet still scales well and provides good performance guarantees to end hosts.

Researchers and practitioners have identified various problems with today’s Internet routing protocols including, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Scaling (e.g., AS number and prefix exhaustion)
  • Security (e.g., route hijacking, data diversion)
  • Automation (e.g., generation of topology and configuation)
  • Correctness (e.g., misconfiguration, contract violations)
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Performance

The current Internet routing infrastructure was not designed with many of these goals in mind, and solutions to these problems has become more challenging – and crucial – as users demand more availability and better performance from Internet-based services. Solving the problems above requires a unique combination operational expertise and a willingness to consider longer-term solutions. In light of these trends, we’d like to invite you to participate in a workshop on the subject of Internet routing.